More Points on Operators of Commercial Than Upon Private Passenger Vehicles

In Department of Transportation, Bureau of Traffic Safety v. Huff, 10 Pa. Commw. 261, 310 A.2d 435, 436 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1973), the Court considered an equal protection challenge to the point system in the Vehicle Code. The licensee asserted that there was no rational reason to impose more points on operators of commercial vehicles than upon operators of private passenger vehicles for the same violations of the Vehicle Code. The Court rejected the argument. The Court explained that much greater harm to person and property can be done by a commercial vehicle and, therefore, it was not arbitrary to subject commercial vehicle licensees to harsher sanctions than are imposed upon those licensed to operate automobiles.